Proctor : July 2019
14 PROCTOR | July 2019 Positive self-talk – learn how to have a better internal dialogue with yourself which is more helpful rather than critical. Seek others’ advice and help – seek out constructive feedback to understand how you can do better, by asking for help from others. Rational expectations Of course, all the above is based on rational realistic expectations. As much as I apply a growth mindset to my singing abilities, I know I will never be able to sing like Beyonce or Adele! Why you should develop a growth mindset BY SHEILA KUSHE What is a growth mindset? According to Stanford University Professor of Psychology Dr Carol Dweck, possessing a growth mindset – a belief that intelligence can be developed – allows an individual to achieve a higher degree of success than if they possessed a fixed mindset and think that their intelligence is static: “I can either do it or I can’t.” Dr Dweck suggests that a growth mindset is more of a determining factor to success than inherent intelligence, skill or ability. What mindset do I have? People typically exhibit both mindsets. The table, at right, shows a summary of the differences. How do I develop a growth mindset? In addition to the list above, here are some additional activities and behaviours you can adopt to develop a growth mindset: Value learning – look at everything as a learning goal, put yourself outside your comfort zone, understanding that that is where personal growth occurs. Realistic expectation – set high expectations, but also make them realistic. Fixed mindset, more likely to: Growth mindset, more likely to: • avoid challenges because they can uncover weaknesses • embrace challenges because it’s an opportunity to learn and grow • believe you either have the skill or ability, or you don’t • believe their skills, abilities and talents can be developed using effort, deliberate practice and progress • ignore constructive criticism • use feedback to learn and course correct • give up easily in the face of setbacks • understand persistence and effort is the path to mastery • be threatened by the success of others • be inspired by the success of others and find lessons and inspiration Two simple, yet powerful, words If there are two simple words that you can introduce to your daily vocabulary, they should be ‘not yet’. When you are not achieving as much as you wish, or appear to be failing, you can say: “I have not succeeded yet.” It allows you to have a solution-focused mindset to better manage setbacks, challenges, new situations and learning new things.